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You're Sick, They're Not--Relationship Help for People with Chronic Illness and Those Who Love Them (Sick & Tired Series) by [Kimberly Rae]

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From the Author

 If you have chronic healthproblems, you're probably thinking, "Finally, a book about me. This will helpothers understand."

 If you're a loved one of achronically ill person, you're probably thinking, "Finally, a book about me.This will help others understand."

 So is this book for people withchronic illness or for people who love them and live with them? Yes. Whicheveryou are, this is for you, but not just you. This book is focused on theconnection between the two, one that is often filled with misunderstandings,unspoken frustrations and unmet expectations, but one that can be filled withappreciation, understanding and love.

 If nearly one out of every twopeople in our country have a chronic condition,then at least that many people love or live with someone with a condition.That's a lot of people, and there are few resources out there stating thatthose people, the friends and caregivers, have their own struggles with chronicillness. It may not affect their physical bodies, but it definitely affectstheir lives.

Chronic illness is a big deal in our country. Over 133 million Americanshave some kind of chronic illness, 96% of those illnesses being "invisible,"meaning we don't look sick in an obvious way. Chronic illness is the reason fora whopping 99% of all doctor visits, 92% of all in-patient hospital visits, and82% of all prescriptions.


Ouch.

 If that's not overwhelming enough,add to those numbers all the friends or loved ones who take those chronicallyill people to the doctor, visit them in the hospital, keep track ofmedications, or pray or worry or wish they could make it all go away.

                Chronic illness is hard for thesick person--people with chronic illness are more likely to struggle withdepression.It is hard for the sick person's spouse--the divorce rate among the chronicallyill is over 75%.


                If you're a sick person, youprobably struggle with feeling misunderstood and lonely. If you're a caregiver,you probably struggle with feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated.

                Is there a way for both sides tobe understood, helped and loved? To not feel their own needs go ignored? Notevery moment of every day, perhaps, but overall, yes, I believe there is. Thisbook is to help you get as close to that good place as possible.

                So come on in. We'll talk aboutguilt, frustration and honesty, personality types and love languages, and thebest ways to help and be helped. Hopefully by the end you will feel someone hasvoiced your perspective. Maybe the perspective from the other side will be alittle clearer, too.

                Whichever side you are on, youare not alone, and with a little work and a lot of understanding, things canget better.

                For you.

                And them.

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Praise for Sick and Tired
BookOne of the Sick & Tired Series 
LOVEDit!!! I have to say the man that pulled up next to me in the grocery parkinglot probably thought I was crazy cause I was laughing my head off after readingthe first two chapters. This book has been such an encouragement and a blessingto my heart! -Kimberly
 
KimberlyRae uses insights gleaned from her own life and chronic illnesses to sharelessons learned and hope to others, informally teaching. The tone is light,casual and non-intimidating. I love the questions she includes at the end ofeach chapter intended for you to ask yourself, or answer in pairs or a groupsetting to explore her ideas in your own life. I feel like I'm sittingcross-legged on the floor with her talking one-on-one. -Amy
 
The book I've been waiting for hasfinally been written!
Sick and Tired wasthe pick-me-up I needed. -Bethany
 
Herpersonal yet forthright approach to dealing with chronic illness helped me feelunderstood and validated. Her own experiences shared with candor help us todeal with our own. The "Close to Home" comics at the beginning ofeach chapter administered just the right touch of humor to lighten up a heavytopic. -Rose
 
Thisis a MUST READ for anyone that has a chronic illness or knows someone with achronic illness. It is well written and truly insightful. -Rhonda
 
Whowould have thought that a book about chronic health issues would put a smile ona reader's face? But that's exactly what author Kimberly Rae has managed toelicit from this reader in her sometimes humorous, always compassionate,"Sick & Tired".... This short read is set up to be a perfect studyguide for a group. As a Registered Nurse, I highly recommend this wonderfulread. -Elaine
 
Iread this book and wept. I wept at the understanding, I wept at the agreementand I wept at the hope and humor. I will be able to hand this to my family andfriends and have what I have wanted to tell them, and what I wanted them tounderstand, explained in a gentle, compassionate and amusing way. -JD
 
Icame away with greater understanding of how to live--really live--in the midstof ongoing illness, and how to encourage and help others who suffer. Thequestions for individual or group study at the end of each chapter help lay thefoundation for dealing with key issues. In addition, the cartoon illustrationsat the beginning of each chapter made me laugh over and over, which was anunexpected and pleasant surprise in a book on chronic illness. -Susan
 
Not"preachy" but very good encouragement with some practical tips aswell. So glad I read it! -Diane
 
Iam already looking forward to future volumes in this series! -Linda
 
Therewere so many things in the book that resonated with what I go through.... shegets it! -Tammy